I’ve tried to like Watch Dogs. I genuinely have. But the combination of a protagonist who happens to be blander than rice cakes and Ubisoft’s insistence of doing too much in an open-world setting without any real direction, just put me off. Watch Dogs was a fine game, make no mistake, but it was a game that fell short of expectations and the massive hype that was thrown on top of it. A sequel isn’t exactly unwelcome at this point. But it’s going to need to take more chances.
There were a bunch of excellent games released this year - we are celebrating them with all our awards today. However, many of us are looking back on 2014 and wondering what happened. It was supposed to be an amazing year for gaming, but so much went so wrong.
I rather enjoyed Ubisoft’s open world hackathon Watch Dogs, even though it completely failed to live up to the hype and expectation surrounding it. It also had one of the dullest protagonists; a boring white middle-aged male swimming in a sea of boring white, middle aged males. None of those complaints have stopped it from being a roaring success.
Watch_Dogs, Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell. There's something in common between all three of those games, aside from the fact that they've all been housed under Ubisoft's name. Mega Produce Jade Raymond has had her hands in all of those pies, but today she's announced her departure from Ubisoft.
The first iteration of any Ubisoft game tends to be rough around the edges. Splinter Cell was a great idea, but it wasn’t really until Pandora Tomorrow and Chaos Theory that the games really shined. The same could be argued for Assassin’s Creed. The first game felt like a tech demo, with the second one delivering on its promises. Will that hold true for Watch Dogs?
Watch Dogs may have sold a hacktastic amount of copies this year, but the game itself wasn’t exactly perfect. Watch Dogs had quite a few chinks in the armour that prevented an otherwise decent game from soaring to new heights. Money talks however, and you can bet that a sequel is on the way in that universe. A sequel that has some ‘radical’ ideas for fixing certain problems.
The first Watch Dogs story DLC is coming and it's called Bad Blood. In it, you get to play as a much more interesting character than Aiden: T-Bone. I'm sure Geoff is still sad that you don't get to play as Jordi, but T-Bone has an awesome extra.
Poor Wii U. The console seemed so promising, but poor timing and lack of next generation processing means that it is all but falling away from existence. Watch Dogs will be coming to the console, albeit a few months after its release on others. It will also be the last mature game from Ubisoft that the Wii U will see.
Last week we introduced you to the Evetech Lagzatron 3000, the beauty that would serve as our new test bench for testing PC hardware. Before starting with any of that we needed a standard, vanilla benchmark to have something to compare future tests to, and prove that we kind of know what the hell we're doing. So how did everything turn out?
Watch Dogs is a lot of fun if you can ignore the wet blanket of a character that's Aiden. I swear, he gives Connor a run for his money as far as lack of personality goes. That said, the game is quite cool and is preparing for new DLC, but the location is no longer the Windy City.
Watch Dogs was one of the most anticipated games of last year, which was then delayed into this year. Many questioned if Ubisoft could keep the hype train going, but they needn't have worried - Watch Dogs not only shipped 8 million copies, it pushed up Ubisoft's revenue. One console even proved to be the best partner.
Watch Dogs may have one of the most unfathomably uninteresting protagonists in all of videogamedom. Aiden Pierce is yet another 30-something white guy, in a sea of 30 something white guys. What Watch Dogs needs is a little diversity. But not like this. Oh no, not like this.
As you already likely know, some clever clogs has found a way to unlock a number of graphical options hidden within the PC version of Watch Dogs. They make the game look, for all intents and purposes, like the stunning E3 reveal. We suspect they were disabled so that console gamers don’t feel like they drew the short straw, but Ubisoft says that’s not the case.
You all know Watch Dogs. It’s that hit PC game where players can hack their way through a corrupt totalitarian regime with a magic cell-phone before hacking the human body with a baton and bullets when the heat is on. And like most games these days, it’s getting a patch. A patch that should make it oh so much prettier.
Watch Dogs on the PC is for many, still quite a mess. It’s just not performing as well as it should. The situation’s even worse for those who use AMD hardware, as the game’s been optimised for Nvidia’s technologies as part of Nvidia and Ubisoft’s GameWorks collaboration. It’s a partnership that’s set to continue.